Family, Privacy, Secrets & The Law

Join us for an important meeting:

Roundtable: Family, Privacy, Secrets & the Law  March 7-8, 2013

March 7-8, 2013
University of Maryland
Francis King Carey School of Law
500 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

March 7, 5 p.m. – Book Reading and signing by Jonathan Odell, author of The Healing

March 8, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Roundtable discussions

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Family, Privacy, Secrets & the Law roundtable engages the intersections of medicine, criminal law, family law, and constitutional law. The conference faculty will chart contemporary issues that span genetic privacy, disclosure of parental identity in assisted reproduction cases and DNA conscription to domestic violence and child sexual abuse.

There are times in which the law protects secrets, such as between a lawyer and client, doctor and patient, or clergy and congregant.  Yet, there are times when the law demands that secret-keepers reveal their confidences such as the increasing demand on doctors to disclose confidential medical information on pregnant women to law enforcement. How should we understand the contours and boundaries of these dynamics within the law?  On one hand, law tends to address secrets through the lens of legal duties to protect the vulnerable via its regulations governing abuse and neglect. On the other hand, this set of laws captures only a small percentage of secrets held by family members and other trusted “secret keepers” (doctors, clergy, extended family, neighbors) who, for a variety of reasons elect not to inform the state.

This roundtable interrogates states’ obligations to protect the vulnerable and at what cost. It considers the ways in which the law promises/owes protection and the success, failure or harms it brings about when endeavoring to intervene and offer protection. Against that backdrop, the law also has the obligation to honor individual and family autonomy and privacy.


Thursday, March 7, 2013

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Book Reading and Signing: Jonathan Odell, The Healing

Friday, March 8, 2013

9:00 a.m. – Introduction & Welcome

9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. – Session I – Genetic Privacy: Secret Mothers, Fathers, & Lives

  Chair: Taunya Banks
  Panelists: Martha Ertman | Glenn Cohen | Lori Andrews


11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Session II – Public Versus Private: Courts & Law Enforcement

  Chair: Michael Pinard
  Panelists: Deborah Epstein | Michele Goodwin

Noon – Lunch & Keynote Address from Jonathan Odell

1:10 p.m. – 2:40 p.m. – Session III – Minors, Networks, Sexuality and Privacy

  Chair: Karen Czapanskiy
  Panelists: Laura Rosenbury | Camille Gear Rich | Gaia Bernstein

2:40 p.m. – 3:40 p.m. – Session IV – Reimagining Privacy

  Chair: Naomi Cahn
  Panelists: Eleanor Brown | Martha Field


3:50 p.m. – 4:05 p.m. – Closing Commentary

  Reflection: June Carbone
  Closing: Michele Goodwin

Michele Goodwin

Michele Bratcher Goodwin is a renowned scholar, advocate, and author who has devoted her career to uplifting the voices, social conditions, and rights of women and children around the globe. A widely cited legal authority in constitutional law, health law, and women’s rights, her writings have been consulted by courts, legislators, government agencies, and civil society organizations. She has advised or given testimony before Congress and state governments as well as the United States’ Uniform Law Commission on privacy, the regulation of the human body, and reproductive health.

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